• Roxas promises P100B for local officials’ projects

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    Administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd promised to allocate P100 billion funding for Local Government Units (LGUs) if he wins the presidency.

    In a speech before the Liga ng Barangay sa Pilipinas Forum in Pasay City, Roxas noted that the P100 billion will fund the Bottom Up Budgeting Program, a scheme where local government units and people’s organizations identify community projects for funding by the national government.

    The BUB, Roxas said, will fund projects for safe drinking water and health units in
    barangays, among others.

    “I will continue and expand this [BUB]. This is in the center of our programs to make sure that no one will be left behind. No sitio, no barangay, no town will be forgotten. All will have their BUB [allocation],” Roxas said.

    There are 1,490 municipalities, 144 cities and 42,000 barangays across the country.

    “All municipalities will be [treated]equal. No favoritism, no politics. All towns will be given minimum level of development,” the Liberal Party standard bearer added.

    The BUB allocation will be on top of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and local revenue being received by LGUs.

    Roxas said the P100 billion BUB budget can be sourced from the P800 billion capital outlay allocation under the 2016 budget.

    “You can calculate it. Just count the population in your barangay, then add zero. That’s the amount of projects that will be coming to you [under BUB],” the former Interior Secretary told local officials.

    In an earlier sortie in Capiz and Iloilo, Roxas also vowed to expand the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program to uplift the welfare of indigent families and allow their children to go to school.

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